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Jefferson Salamander

Ambystoma jeffersonianum

The Jefferson Salamander, Ambystoma jeffersonianum, is an amphibian that lives in moist woodlands. It eats insects, worms, snails, slugs, and other invertebrate species. Their size ranges from four and a half to seven inches long and they are dark in color. Young individuals may have silvery-blue spots on their sides. In the spring, mature females lay eggs in shallow water which hatch in roughly one month. The young salamanders have gills and a large tail fin allowing them to move through the water and within a few weeks, they develop front legs and hind limbs. When they reach three to five centimeters long, they transform into their adult form and leave the water. 


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